by Alex R. Travers
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Sandro Paris, now a fashion fixture in New York, so it was the perfect moment for mother-and-son designers Evelyne and Ilan Chetrite to celebrate the vibrancy of the 1980s, the decade when the brand came to life. For fall, they added pizzazz to Sandro’s elegant ethos, classics and smart tailoring, and crafted a collection that could carry their customers from their first cup of café au lait to dessert to a long night of dancing under the lights of the bright city.
Sandro has always told unique stories through its clothes and curated look books, and this season was no exception. Chetrite’s woman had a secret or two she may have not wanted to share, but the writing was on the wall (or the jumpers, at least). A black sweater with red chalk stripes read “VANDAL” on the back. (When you’re clad in cashmere, it makes ordinary delinquencies feel rather decadent.) Perhaps vandal was her identity du jour. But, come tomorrow, you learned that she could also be “SUPER,” as her spongy wool, Juventus jersey–esque jumper declared. What was really super, however, were the moto jackets (no surprise there) and evening pieces, like the black sheer skirt with slightly chunky yet delicate embellishments. And when Chetrite took on clothes that have a life behind closed doors, it was easy to see why that classic French aesthetic is such as success for Sandro. A black-and-white checked negligée with lace trim? That’s sure to make the Sandro man—in his double-breasted, pointed-lapel suit—quite happy.